FURTHER APRIL BIRTHDAYS AND EVENTS
     
Continuing on from last week's offering, the following international cricketers were born between 8 and 14 April. A few cricketing events are also added.

8 APRIL
  • International cricketers born on this day include the West Indian pace bowler, Kenny Benjamin, and the Somerset batsman who enjoyed frequently hitting the ball into Taunton's River Tone, Arthur Wellard.
  • Alec Stewart is the most well-known name who has a birthday on 8 April. As I remember once reading, Stewart was the batsman/wicket-keeper/captain who, born on 8/04/63, made 8463 Test runs at an average of 39.55 with 15 centuries. Alec enjoyed a very successful 31st birthday against West Indies scoring 118 in the Test in Barbados after England had been bowled out for 46 at Port-of-Spain in the previous Test. He added a further century in the second innings. Benjamin also played in this Test, taking the wickets of Atherton and Thorpe on his birthday.
  • Stewart and Benjamin also celebrated further birthdays during Tests in which they were playing. Stewart also played an ODI against West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1998.


9 APRIL
  • Of the five Test cricketers born on this day, England and Kent wicket-keeper, Alan Knott, is the most famous. In addition to his 269 dismissals in 95 Tests, Alan also made 4389 runs at an average of 32.75 with five centuries.


10 APRIL
  • Seven Test cricketers were born on 10 April, with Somerset bowler Craig Overton being the most recent. Others include South African all-rounder John Watkins who will be 97 this year whilst Australian "Jack" Badcock and West Indian Ernest Albert Vivian "Foffie" Williams were both born on this day in 1914.


11 APRIL
  • Some well-known Test cricketers were born on this day. Ian Bell celebrates his 38rd birthday this year, whilst West Indian batsman, Everton Mattis, who played against England in the Caribbean in 1981, will be 63.
  • One of the finest batsmen of cricket's Golden Age, Arthur Shrewsbury, was born on 11 April 1856.
  • Mattis played a birthday Test, whilst Bell had the misfortune of making a duck on his 25th birthday during a World Cup match at Bridgetown against Bangladesh in 2007.
  • On 11 April 1972, New Zealand scored their highest Test total at that stage of 543 for 3 declared against West Indies at Georgetown. Glenn Turner (259) and Terry Jarvis (182) compiled New Zealand's still highest opening partnership of 387 during this Test.


12 APRIL
  • International cricketers born on 12 April include Mulvantrai Himatlal "Vinoo" Mankad, Raphick Jumadeen and Dwayne Smith.
  • A fine all-rounder who made 2109 runs (average 31.48, with five centuries including a highest of 231 against New Zealand at Madras's Corporation ground in 1956) and 162 wickets in his 44 Tests, Mankad is more dubiously known for having his name linked with running out a non-striking batsman and leading to the term of being "mankaded".
  • Jumadeen did play a birthday Test against India at Port-of-Spain in 1976 and took the only wickets to fall to a bowler during India's second innings. The Test, though, is remembered for India successfully chasing 403 for victory, at that stage the second highest successful chase in Test history.
  • The above victory for India was secured on 12 April.
  • On 12 April 2004, Brian Lara re-claimed Test cricket's highest score (surpassing Matthew Hayden's 380) and became the first player to score 400 in a Test innings.


13 APRIL
  • Mohammad Amir celebrates his 28th birthday this year. Some time earlier, Sammy Woods, one of a small number of players to have represented two countries (Australia and England) in Tests and who became a well-known Somerset player, was born in 1867. Woods played three Tests against England in 1888 before representing England against South Africa in a further three in 1895-96.
  • New Zealand pace bowler, Adam Milne, like Mohammad Amir, also celebrates his 28th birthday on this day this year.


14 APRIL
  • Thirteen Test cricketers share this date for their birthdays and those born on this day include Jean-Paul Duminy, Craig McDermott, Pat Symcox, Umar Gul and Australian batsman, Syd Gregory, who had a distinguished career between 1890 and 1912.
  • Another, Robert Arnold Lockyer Massie, will be familiar to those who remember the England and Australia Lord's Test of 1972. After coming to prominence the year before with figures of 7 for 76 against a Rest of the World XI at Sydney, Bob Massie made his Test debut at Lord's and finished with exceptional match figures of 16 for 137, eight wickets in both innings. Massie's figures remain the best match analysis in a Lord's Test but Indian spinner, Narendra Hirwani, pipped him to the best Test analysis on debut by taking 16 for 136 against West Indies at Madras's Chepauk in 1988. Massie's Test career lasted just five further Tests but he later became a familiar and respected voice on the radio at international matches.
  • Pat Symcox played an ODI for South Africa against India at Sharjah on his 36th birthday in 1996.